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SNAP – Updated Emergency Allotments (EA) Guidance – Questions and Answers

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DATE: May 21, 2021
SUBJECT: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Updated Emergency Allotments (EA) Guidance – Questions and Answers
TO: All SNAP State Agencies
All Regions

In response to the President’s Executive Order on Economic Relief Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic issued on Jan. 22, 2021, which directed all federal agencies to consider administrative actions to better address the current economic crisis resulting from the pandemic, USDA reviewed and updated the SNAP EA guidance. The updated policy outlining the new approach was issued on April 1, 2021.

The attached set of questions and answers addresses inquiries received regarding the updated SNAP EA guidance. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is grateful for your continued partnership in responding to this emergency and ensuring SNAP households receive the assistance they need.

State agencies with additional questions should contact their respective regional office representatives.

Jessica Shahin
Associate Administrator
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program


Page updated: December 17, 2021

The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.